Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine | 3800 Spruce St. Phildelphia, PA 19106 | Phone: 215.898.5438


Can Animals Help Humans Heal?
Animal-Assisted Interventions in
Adolescent Mental Health
Sunday, March 28th, 2004

Conference Program


8:00am Continental breakfast   Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Baker Forum
8:45am Welcoming remarks  

James A. Serpell, PhD
Center for the Interaction of Animals & Society, University of Pennsylvania

Alan M. Kelly, BVSc, MRCVS, PhD
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Dan Romer, PhD
Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania

Session 1. Chair: James A. Serpell, PhD    
9:00am "Animals in the lives of adolescents: A biocentric perspective on development" [view abstract & bio]   Gail F. Melson, PhD
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
9:45am "Conducting an AAT program for children and adolescents in special education in public schools: Reality and expectancy"
[view abstract & bios]
  Aaron H. Katcher, MD &
Sue Teumer, MA
Our Farm, Taylor, TX
10:30am - 11:00am Refreshment break   Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Baker Forum
11:00am "Evaluating the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy approaches in an alternative high school for expelled youth: A qualitative/quantitative analysis" [view abstract and bio]  

Ben Granger, PhD &
Mrs. Georgia V. Granger
School of Social Work, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

11:45am “The AAT Rx for youth: Bridging research with clinical insight”
[view abstract and bio]
  Aubrey H. Fine, EdD
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
12:30pm - 2:00pm Lunch   Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor
Session 2. Chair: Symme Trachtenberg, MSW, LSW    
2:00pm "The effectiveness of equine-facilitated therapy with at-risk adolescents: A summary of empirical research across multiple centers and programs" [view abstract and bio]   Pamelyn M. MacDonald, PhD
Washburn University,Topeka, KS
2:45pm “Animal-assisted therapy for at-risk youth and families”
[view abstract and bio]

Maureen Fredrickson, MSW &
Molly DePrekel, MA, LP
Minnesota Linking Youth, Nature and Critters, Inc. (MN LYNC), St. Paul, MN

3:30pm - 4:00pm Refreshment break   Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Baker Forum
4:00pm “Project Second Chance: Using shelter dogs to facilitate change in juvenile delinquents” [view abstract and bio]  

Ms. Tamara H. Ward
Youth Diagnostic and Development Center, Albuquerque, NM

4:40pm "Dogz in the Hood" (Film)    
5:00pm Discussion period    
5:20pm Concluding remarks   Symme Trachtenberg, MSW, LSW
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
5:30pm Conference closes    
5:40pm "Johnny & Dillon" (Optional Film)